NFT Ends Work-to-Contract, Authorizes Possible Strike

The leaders of Neshaminy Federation of Teachers have declared the end of work-to-contract. The leaders have been authorized to call another strike.

The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers has lifted the work-to-contract job action.

According to a NFT press release, the union leaders decided Wednesday evening to lift the action, which has been in place since the beginning of this school year.

"The leadership and our members have concluded that the ‘work-to-contract’ action is not an essential part of our strategy as we seek to reset the bargaining process now that both sides have spoken on the arbitration report," NFT President Louise Boyd said in the press release.

The NFT leaders were also authorized by union members to call another strike this school year “when and under the circumstances the committee decides are appropriate,” as stated in the press release.

Boyd and union leaders stated in the press release that there has been no decision yet on whether to go on strike, which they are allowed to do under state law.

Should the teachers go on , the state's Department of Education would determine how many days thy would be allowed to go on strike. They would only be able to go on strike so many days that students would complete 180 days of instruction by June 30.

The teachers went on strike for eight days in January, which prompted the state-mandated non-binding arbitration process.

Although the , the NFT held a vote Wednesday evening, in which members "overwhelmingly endorsed their leaders’ recommendation to accept with reservations the ."

“We had hoped the school board would give careful review and good-faith consideration to the arbitrator’s report. Their refusal to do that and their knee-jerk rejection of the arbitration process was a disappointment to Neshaminy’s teachers,” Boyd said.

“But our message to the board and the community is that this was a missed opportunity to find solutions to the dispute that has divided us,” she stated.

Prior to the school board rejecting the arbitrator's findings, school board President Ritchie Webb said that if the board agreed to the terms of the report, the would "easily exceed $20 million."

former teacher May 10, 2012 at 06:50 PM
"Would a second strike this year benefit teachers?" I don't see how this could benefit them. You could also ask this question about the first strike. Did that help? The immediate impact of the first strike and this next strike will be that animosity toward the teachers will increase. The job actions of the NFT won't create money and the parents and taxpayers will be even less enamored with the teachers. Here is a better question, Nicole. Will a second strike harm the students? (Just like the first strike and the numerous WTCs) The answer is: you betcha.
feasterville resident May 10, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Put out the HELP WANTED SIGNS. Let's pull a Reagan and hire teachers who are willing to work, who have no criminal records, who give recommendation letters, who attend back to school night, who correspond with parents, who have integrity, etc... People, these are our children we are protecting. The teachers elected Louise Boyd once again, so apparently they support her bold, brash, uncouth attitude. There are many teachers being laid off from other public school districts because of budget cuts, also, parochial school teachers and recent graduates. I am sure they would jump at the chance to work in Neshaminy School District. The taxpayers have given enough over the years to the teachers. We can not shoulder another tax increase nor program cuts. I back the School Board 100%. They gave a generous offer but that was refused by the NFT. We already have a bleak forecast what would it look like in the not too distant future.
kenny May 10, 2012 at 07:42 PM
i qualify all them as pos's be thankful you have a damn job ...lazy greedy sob's ... i think i will go to my boss and demand money he doesn't have and expect to still be employed... you should all be fired legal or not there are plenty of QUALIFIED teachers looking for work we don't need any of your greedy asses
Tired of teacher bs May 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I think that a strike only makes them look like children throwing a temper tantrum. I don't give in to tantrums and I won't if the teachers throw one. This act just bradens the gap between them and the community. They already look like greedy sob's so why not strike and cement that into all of our minds!
Linda Sheridan May 10, 2012 at 08:11 PM
What a crime! The state, the arbitrators all are beholden to the union(teamsters). The teamsters/union funds their campaigns, etc. and quite obvious that the arbitrators gave the NFT everything they wanted and conceded to very little, non-expensive issues. All districts are facing the same issues, but it seems the 2/3 of the NFT who are pro boyders are the greediest. Our younger teachers are suffering. You reap what you sow. God Bless our school board for standing up for the students and the community. A strike now is beyond disgusting and vile.
feasterville resident May 10, 2012 at 08:17 PM
All of us just need to back-up the school board. Put our foot down. Remain united. There are more taxpayers than teachers. Voice our opinion throughout any and all venues. The NFT has shown their support by electing Louis Boyd again. Let us show the School Board our support. WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE NFT.
Susie Merchant May 10, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Haven't they damaged our kids enough?
Anonymous May 10, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I am a certified Pre-K to fifth grade teacher working as a Teachers Aid for $8 hour. I am doing this to "get my foot" in the door with the hopes it will help me to get a Teachers position someday. I do this because I love teaching and see it as a vocation not just a job. I would gladly work for what the school board offered. It angers me every time I read about the NFT and what they are doing....there are so many people like me that would give the students in Neshaminy 200% and wish they had a teaching job.... but that won't happen due to the politics that surround the situation....sad, very sad....
Resident May 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM
There are so many people qualified to teach today. I don't understand the greed. If they are unhappy here they should leave and find something better somewhere else. IsnIsI'm sure they will find that the grass isn't any greener. They should be thankful to be employed.
RJ May 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM
To understand our current situation you must under stand two concepts. The first is "Boulwarism" and the second is "Group Dynamics". When attending the U of P's Wharton School, I had the opportunity to get an understanding of each, in corporate ethics.
former teacher May 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Anonymous, please hang in there. More than anything a child needs someone to care more about the outcome of a child rather than the income derived from it. Like many I want to see a good teacher well compensated. The union model prevents us from differentiating between great, good, and below average. And the NFT doesn't understand what well compensated is. They just understand 'more'. The more people we could have with your mindset, the better off children will be. God speed.
Deb Tumpak May 11, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I have to agree with "tired of teacher bs". The NFT is acting like a bunch of spoiled children who are not getting their way, so they have resorted to stomping their feet. This greedy bunch of leeches needs to be handed their walking papers & the District should bring in new teachers who want to teach & will happily accept the very reasonable & fair contract that was offered. I continued to be amazed by Weezy claiming that the NSB has turned the public against them. Newsflash geniuses... the NSB did not turn the public against you, YOU and only YOU did that. Did you seriously think you would win taxpayer support & favor by not showing up for Back to School Nights, refusing to provide extra help after school, refusing to write letters of recommendations, etc. otherwise known as WTC? Then to add insult to injury, you go on strike for 8 days. Now there is talk of a second strike, that is nothing more than a collective F YOU to the people whose taxes pay your already bloated salaries and ridiculous benefits. The NFT needs to wake up & try living in the real world, not the happy little world of NFT where everything is happy & bright because we are screwing the public.
Capt. Obvious May 11, 2012 at 03:51 AM
totally agree. This is getting stupid. After the last strike I was hearing that teachers didn't really agree, but they had to follow their leader. Then they voted to keep her. What will their excuse be this time?
Capt. Obvious May 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
and think of the poor kids, who did nothing to deserve this, who will have to sit in hot un-airconditioned classrooms until the end of June. I'm all for firing whoever walks off the job in a 2nd strike. Unions and Lobbyists are killing this country.
Chief Firewater May 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
If they had binding arbitration this would have been over three years ago. Now people just cry and whine that the teachers make to much money and don't care. It's past school board members who permitted this to happen. Past board members that the people who are crying and whining elected. Guess we all should have made better choices at the polls the last 30 years
Charles McCarthy May 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Put a contract out there, any teacher that doesn't sign on by a certain date is fired. We should then put a process in place to hire an entire new slate. We should also be putting pressure on local state reps/senators to get the law changed in Harrisburg. I am tired of being held hostage.
robert May 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM
The teamsters do support the union, but , it is only the principles of these schools who are organized by the teamsters. I still maintain, that "having the teachers RE-APPLY for their jobs, to include resume, and drug testing, is not in breach of contract, and the "legal" fallout will be cheaper then the current situation...but, what do I know..I am only a Union organizer.
Lisa Patton-Kosiba May 11, 2012 at 02:41 PM
No A second strike will cause a disruption in our students education and a definate cause of certain needed programs being taken away. The cause of the program cuts is the lack of ability to create a lower budget contract as needed in this ecomomy!It should be cut even more considering most of the township being laid off lately! Seeing the proposel to me is MORE than fair given life now!
former teacher May 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Chief, no parent or taxpayer wants binding arbitration. For a 'neutral' third party to tell me what I can afford is ludicrous. We just had a 'neutral' outsider tell us that it was ok to spend $6 million above and beyond the current $14 million deficit. Consider this representative of the state is then saying it's ok to violate Act 1 by authorizing a budget above what is legal. What is your solution to pay for this? Is it Dunkley's suggestion to just 'borrow it' or is it Boyd's to just 'take' it from the capital building expenditures fund dedicated to the nearly $40 million in building repairs/upgrades. While you are at it, please let us know WHY the NFT deserves more. I'd really like to hear your rationale for that. What is wrong with an employer setting the salary scale? People with teaching credentials are a dime a dozen. If all 650 walked off the job we would have 30 applications for each position tomorrow. And each of those would have the necessary credentials.
feasterville resident May 11, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Kudos, Mr. McCarthy. I am in total agreement.
Charles May 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
If we have 200 teachers dissatisfied with their Union, it only takes 30% (195) of the Union membership to request a Union Decertification Vote. Then on voting day, it only takes 50% to have the Union disappear from their lives. Our teachers will be MUCH better off to be DIRECTLY employed by the District with MERIT salary increases rewarding those who truly care for the kids. NO more bullying of dedicated teachers by Union BULLIES! Since we have the numbers for a vote request, our new battle cry should become: "DE-CER-TI-FY !!!" Here's the Decertification information with a link for the request for a vote: www(insert period)unionfacts(insert period)com/article/union-member-resources/how-to-decertify-your-union/
kami May 11, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Agreed. Why haven't they fired them already?
RJ May 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Why is it that everyone but the "Board", (Fact Finders, The Union, Arbitration) saying the teachers contract is reasonable. Could Mr. Webb's numbers be wrong?
former teacher May 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM
RJ, you are welcome to look at Mr. Webb's numbers. Please let us know where he is wrong. Everyone but the board is saying the teacher's contract is reasonable? Where are all of the people that comprise this 'everyone'? The state arbitrator didn't say anything was reasonable. She looked at both offers and said, "Yes, No, Yes, No, etc.' Since day one the NSB's offers have been grounded in being reasonable. The NFT asked for the stars. Of course they want to meet in the middle. Now tell us what other programs should be cut to meet Boyd's contract demands.
T.D. Lower southampton May 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
we pay some of the highest taxes in the county thanks to neshaminy school district teachers with these tough economic times and high unemployment they should be grateful they have a job Im sick of their crying and whining every year If your that unhappy with your job and benfits QUIT and find a job that pays as well as the one you have now Good luck Cry Babies
T.D. Lower southampton May 11, 2012 at 07:10 PM
UNIONS are not destroying this country its the greedy members of The NFT that just want more and more and more. do u want to know whos destroying this country the elected officials of our goverment while the hard working citizens that elected them bought in to their B.S.and unfullfilled promises sit home out of work struggling to make ends meet
RJ May 11, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Former Teacher, thanks for the information and response.
former teacher May 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
A pleasure.
Chief Firewater May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Many states have binding arbitration for teachers contracts and those states have not collapsed or fallen off the map. If anyone thinks this contract will be settled with zero cost to the District they are living on another planet. Time to have a judge rule on the contract and shove it down both sides throats.
former teacher May 14, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Chief, I would much rather the employer set the salary, benefits, etc. (The employer is the NSB and the taxpayers.) I would not want an outsider to tell me what I can afford to pay for something. You DO understand that the 'impartial' outsider came up with a 'solution' that, if followed' would cause the district to violate state policy (i.e. Act 1 limitations)? Given the choice of paying something we can't afford vs. the way things are now, I'm happy as can be that the NSB is toeing the line. If you do your homework, you will see that binding arbitration is a mess for the school districts, taxpayers, parents and students. It will benefit the teacher union. The only question will be to what degree that happens.


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